We're getting our holiday jingle in gear! (Cue the music and Bruce!)
It may not look like Christmas outside (I know, that's relative depending on where you live but here it means "White Christmas") but that's OK with me. It makes all the getting about easier!
My shopping is almost done (apart from Rick and the kids and a few mini-things) and much has been posted, along with some Gypsy Caravan orders. Thank you all so much! I need to restock soon and that's a treat!
Rick is at a trade show in Nashville but I'm sticking to home and looking forward to a Southern Exposure wreath workshop, lunch with the remarkable blogger and author Becca Rowan and a visit from my Canadian friend Suzanne!
Meanwhile, we haven't been sitting around! Last weekend, after a couple of funeral visitations, we headed to a small town nearby to meet our Cork Poppers for a celebratory dinner. (And yes, that is why I made the super-simple DIY clips in the last post -- to clip together the treat bags I was taking!)
We got there early and walked around. It was the evening of the Christmas parade and this is the closest I will ever get to being on a float!
I also noticed this shop window. Now, call me crazy, but I just don't see any mother of the bride wearing this dress -- at least not to the wedding! Maybe in Vegas... The window designer either had a bizarre sense of humour or could use a little assistance.
After our dinner, we headed back to Barb and Mike's house for dessert and fun. But first, I had to check out the parade.
Loads of lights. I think a lot of these might have been in Lansing's Silver Bells light parade a few weeks ago and just kept decorated. The one below had something for everyone -- St. Nicholas and the Holy Family.
Several of us brought desserts to Barb's and we had a wine-and-chocolate exchange.
Of course, the glass clinking reminded us of little bells!
Barb is such a talented floral designer. She did her annual "girl tree" for her porch.
Unfortunately, even with the porch light, it was a little dark, but you get the idea!
Of course we had the obligatory portraits...
...and the Funny Face one. Some played along better than others!
The next day I went to a Christmas Card watercolor class!
We did several cards and I was pleased with most of them, learning new techniques.
None were perfect but a few were close and I'll be working on these some more this season!
Wow! No wonder I'm tired! Gotta fly!
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